Child fatality review teams: A content analysis of social policy

Emily M. Douglas, Sean C. McCarthy

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Child fatality review teams (CFRTs) have existed since the 1970s; yet, a comprehensive understanding of their procedures, practices, and outcomes is lacking. This article addresses that gap in this study of CFRT state statutes. Findings indicate CFRT laws address nine areas of practice, from team composition, to purpose, to outcomes. Results also indicate that laws address prevention three times as often as investigation, but that both areas are related to state crime rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-110
Number of pages20
JournalChild Welfare
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2011


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